Brisbane prostitution ring busted

POLICE have warned building owners to check what activities are being carried out in their leased premises after a massive prostitution ring, operating out of massage parlours around Brisbane, was busted.

Detectives from the Prostitution Enforcement Task Force raided three parlours at Kedron, Albion and Newmarket and a home in Murrumba Downs.

Twelve women, aged between 23 and 33, were charged with 27 offences, including engaging in prostitution through an illegal prostitution business.

Police also charged a 69-year-old Aspley man, who was found at a parlour with the prostitutes.

Officers from the Australian Federal Police, Australian Tax Office, Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Crime and Misconduct Commission assisted police with the bust.

State Crime Operations Command Detective Inspector Ian Robertson said the parlours were operating in leased buildings.

"Because of this, the task force has served notices to each of the building owners to advise of the activities allegedly being conducted within their buildings and, most importantly, their requirement to ensure these offences cease," he said.

"This should be a timely reminder to anyone who leases their property of their obligations under the Criminal Code to take action when offences are being committed on property they own."

The 13 people will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court in the next few weeks.

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